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Bhutan Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Bhutan Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern Asia, between China and India

Geographic coordinates:
27 30 N, 90 30 E

Map references:
Asia

Area:
total: 38,394 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 38,394 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 137

Area - comparative:
slightly larger than Maryland; about one-half the size of Indiana

Land boundaries:
total: 1,136 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries (2): China 477 km, India 659 km

Coastline:
0 km (landlocked)
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)

Climate:
varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas
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Terrain:
mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna

Elevation:
mean elevation: 2,220 m
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Drangeme Chhu 97 m highest point: Gangkar Puensum 7,570 m

Natural resources:
timber, hydropower, gypsum, calcium carbonate

Land use:
agricultural land: 13.6% arable land 2.6%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 10.7%
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
forest: 85.5%
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 0.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
320 sq km (2012)
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Natural hazards:
violent storms from the Himalayas are the source of the country's Bhutanese name, which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon; frequent landslides during the rainy season

Environment - current issues:
soil erosion; limited access to potable water

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

Geography - note:
landlocked; strategic location between China and India; controls several key Himalayan mountain passes


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Bhutan on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bhutan Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bhutan Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) The assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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